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Balloons fall at the 2012 Republican National Convention after the nomination of Mitt Romney. Experts say more party officials than naormal are staying away from this year’s convention and likely nominee Donald Trump.

Tens of thousands will flock to Cleveland this weekend for the start of the Republican National Convention that is expected to formally name businessman Donald Trump the party’s presidential nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake will reportedly be home mowing the lawn instead. Read more»

Arizona’s economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014 — the state’s gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent to reach $294.2 billion in 2015, but that was half the 1.8 percent rate of growth the state experienced in 2014. Arizona’s growth was also well below the national rate of 2.4 percent last year. Read more»

A proposal to keep undocumented immigrants from serving in the military is “anti-immigrant, partisan posturing,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix.

The Republican-led house narrowly defeated Thursday afternoon an attempt to ban young undocumented immigrants from serving in the military. Read more»

Federal officials unveiled new restrictions on payday lenders Thursday that aim to help low-income borrowers avoid the “debt traps” of readily available, high-interest loans that critics say prey on minority communities. Read more» 1

Arizona Democrats gathered over the weekend to choose the final delegates for the Democratic National Convention, in what one party official said was the largest turnout of would-be delegates she could remember. Read more»

Senators rallied this week for action on a pay equity bill, which was introduced in both the House and Senate last year but languished in both chambers.

A review of how much members of Arizona’s congressional delegation pay staffers showed that every member had at least one woman among the top four jobs, and the three women who held the top job in each office earned salaries solidly in the middle of their male counterparts. Read more»

Arizonans had donated almost $4 million to 21 presidential candidates by the end of January, with Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Hillary Clinton getting the largest shares. More than $1 million went to candidates who have since dropped out of the race.

With just two weeks until the Arizona primary, recent numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Arizonans gave just under $4 million to 20 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns through the end of January. Read more»

Supporters rallied outside the Supreme Court after it ruled last summer that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, one of several gains in gay rights in recent years.

It’s been a good couple of years for LGBT rights in America, but Arizona has a long way to go in basic quality for gay people, according to a recent Human Rights Campaign report. Read more»

A humanoid robot, HRP-4C, developed by Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) shows off her skills during the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo on October 22, 2009.

An ASU professor, a writer, a lawyer and a blogger took part in a panel Wednesday to discuss the future of robotics. Read more»